“I remain extremely concerned about what the Pakistani military and civilian government knew about Bin Laden’s location and what support may have been provided. It is just inconceivable that his presence so near to that nation’s capitol, Islamabad and a large and noticeable compound near a major military academy was unknown to anyone in Pakistan.”
Senator Nelson says the U-S has provided Pakistan billions of dollars in the last ten years and more money is being proposed.
“Pakistan is one of the top recipients of U-S aid. Since 9-11, we have sent more than $20 billion in foreign aid and military assistance to Pakistan. In 2012, the Administration has requested nearly 3-billion in additional development and security in Pakistan and more than one-billion for continued reimbursements to the Pakistani military.”
Senator Nelson says until they receive some answers, the buck should stop here.
“And until Pakistan can demonstrate that it is a true partner, I will be reluctant to send additional aid to Pakistan. With that said, I do understand that well that our relationship with Pakistan is complex and critical to U-S national security but we must have a clear, honest and thorough assessment of Bin Laden’s refuge in Pakistan.”
Senator Nelson is hoping that the materials gathered from Bin Laden’s hide out will provide some of these answers.